Are wearable computing devices part of your future? If they aren’t, maybe they should be.  It could be that you don’t see a fit for your business, or maybe you are waiting for stricter standards and more market maturity. Sure it is new technology, but more and more companies are deploying wearables. Experts project the number of enterprise wearables to quadruple over the next four years.

What and where is this growth happening?

  • Smart glasses are deliver hands-free access to critical enterprise solutions while enabling users to focus on their work. Some common use cases include streamlining warehouse work, schematics overlays for field service technicians, remote collaboration in surgery, and planograms in retail.
  • Smart watches offer some of the same hands-free productivity benefits as smart glasses, but at a reduced price point and a more socially acceptable look and feel. For example, they are used in the hospitality industry to help service staff respond to customer requests.
  • Smart clothing and fitness peripherals deliver well-documented health and wellness benefits, but the next generation of these wearables may offer true clinical benefits. The healthcare and home care industries are excited about the possibility of 24 hour monitoring of remote patients.
  • Wearable cameras, or body cams, are well documented in the law enforcement industry, but they are also used in healthcare, security, journalism and the military. Body cams are used for much more than just video recording.  Real-time connectivity and streaming can enable facial recognition and improve crisis management.
  • Wearable barcode and RFID scanners are common in the supply chain. Retail companies and logistics organizations deploy these devices to improve the productivity of their warehouse workers. These devices are extremely powerful when paired with smart glasses or smart watches.

There are hundreds of enterprise wearable devices and sensors, and more are showing up every month. Most offer tremendous productivity benefits to the user and the enterprise, but they also present a security and management challenge. Companies are worried that an unsecured wearable device will become an onramp for unauthorized network access or disclosure of confidential data. A scarier possibility is that the core functionality of the wearable device is attacked. Imagine the patient risk and potential corporate liability from a compromised pacemaker or artificial pancreas.

If you and your business are “Ready to Wear-able,” here are some things to consider. First, make security and manageability a part of your device selection criteria. For a successful deployment, your wearable devices must be managed as strictly as any other business critical mobile device. Next, make it easy for yourself. Make sure your mobility management solution can secure and manage wearable devices alongside your existing smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. Finally, future proof your investment. Make sure the wearable device manufacturer and mobility management solution vendor have good industry vision and an ability to execute on that vision. You do not want to be left with a dead-end solution after 12 months.

Whatever you decide — whatever device make, form factor, and operating system you need, SOTI can secure and manage it. SOTI’s agnostic approach extends beyond mobility management. Recently, the company launched SOTI ONE, an integrated suite of mobility solutions. SOTI ONE keeps your workers working, builds your apps faster and manages your mobile devices, IoT endpoints and wearable devices. 


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